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December 2012 Archives

California employees may have job protection under FMLA

Life is unpredictable. As an employee's family grows and changes, there are times when the employee may not always be able to come into work. For smaller situations, California employees may have sick days, but for more serious issues employee laws do offer some employees job protections. These situations include the birth or adoption of a child, a serious medical issue or the serious illness of a close family member. The federal law most commonly used to protect employees in these situations is the Family Medical Leave Act.

EEOC sees increase in certain workplace discrimination claims

America has long been known as a melting pot, where people from all over the world come to find a better life. As part of that better life, many people hope to find jobs that will help to support their families. Federal and state employment laws help to make this possible by protecting these workers from workplace discrimination. Under these laws, it is illegal for California employers to discriminate based on a person's national origins.

Game show model wins wrongful termination suit

A Los Angeles court recently held that a former model is entitled to damages for wrongful termination and pregnancy discrimination. The model had worked for the television show "The Price is Right." She claims that the production company responsible for managing the show broke employment laws by terminating the woman due to her pregnancy.

Los Angeles hotel workers strike over pay and working conditions

Employees of a local Los Angeles hotel recently staged a one day strike to bring awareness to their situation. The workers of the Holiday Inn Los Angeles International Airport claim that the hotel is breaking employee laws protecting against unsafe working conditions. For example, according to employees, at least one employee had a severe allergic reaction to pesticides used at the hotel to combat bed bugs. Employees have filed a complaint with Cal-OSHA. Cal-OSHA will likely investigate the claim to ensure that the Holiday Inn is complying with all safety regulations.

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